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What School Chair Seat Heights Are Optimal for Your Classroom?What School Chair Seat Heights are Optimal for Your Classroom?

Humans grow significantly fast as babies and toddlers. By the time children are 3 and 4 years old, and starting pre-school, their sizes and heights can vary greatly. The average age girls stop growing in height is 16 years old, while the average age boys stop growing in height is 18 years old. When children are between the ages of 3 and 18 they are constantly growing; therefore, when they are in school, chairs need to continuously increase in size as the children grow older and subsequently taller.

School Outlet, a virtual school furniture and equipment store, supplies a large selection of school chairs in various seat heights and styles. If you are in need of school chairs for your classroom and are not quite sure which seat height is the right size to order, School Outlet has created a reference guide for your convenience.

School Chair Seat Heights for 3 and 4-Year-Old Students

For pre-school settings and daycare facilities that have children 3 and 4-years-old, School Outlet recommends purchasing chairs with seat heights of 10-inches and 12-inches.

The SchoolOutlet 1000 series are the ideal school chairs for preschools. School Outlet supplies this style of chair in 10, 12, and 14 inches.

Chair Height Ideal for Kindergarten Classrooms

As children grow older and enter into kindergarten, School Outlet recommends customers purchase slightly higher chair heights: 12 and 14 inches. The SchoolOutlet 1000 series is suitable for kindergarten classrooms in addition to pre-school settings because is available in 12 and 14 inches.

First Grade Chair Heights

If you are buying chairs for a first grade classroom, 14-inch chair heights are recommended. The SchoolOutlet 1000 series a great chair option for kids in first grade. The Virco 9000 Series is also available in a 14-inch chair height. This chair option is America’s best-selling school chair.

School Chair Seat Heights Best for Second Grade

Once kids enter the second grade, School Outlet recommends chairs to have seat heights of 14 and 16 inches. The Virco 9000 Series is available in both sizes. It is a durable, comfortable, and affordable school chair options.

Third and Fourth Grade Chair Heights

For the third and fourth grade, School Outlet recommends chair heights to be 16-inches.

Fifth Grade Chair Heights

In fifth grade classrooms, school chairs should be 16 and 18-inches in chair height. Some children might have grown taller faster than others, therefore it is smart to have larger chairs just in case. School Outlet recommends purchasing 50-percent 16-inch chairs and 50-percent 18-inch chairs for 5th grade classrooms.

Chair Heights for Grades 6 through 12

Once students reach the 6th grade, School Outlet suggests 18-inch chair heights for classrooms all the way through 12th grade.

Learn More About Chair Height Options on School Outlet’s Website

If you have questions or comments concerning chair heights, visit School Outlet’s website today to learn more. Contact School Outlet’s knowledgeable and helpful staff by calling 877-398-6449 or fill out our online contact from. On our website, customers can view School Outlet’s collection of school chairs in addition to a wide variety of school furniture and equipment.

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Virco 9618 - 9000 Series Sled-Based Chair with Steel Back Support - 18" Seat Height  (Virco 9618) Virco N916 - Metaphor Series Classroom Chair - 16" Seat Height  (Virco N916)
The best selling school chair series in America -- over 45 million sold!  A Virco staple, the 9000 Classic Series have become a popular sight not only in classrooms nationwide but worldwide for all educational settings. The 9618 is sled-based and is for use on carpeted surfaces only.  Ideal for upper grades. Virco's new Metaphor classroom chairs combine an ergonomically contoured shell for outstanding comfort with a heavy-gauge steel frame that includes a full-perimeter steel backrest and locking front-U for 360° shell support. 16" seat-height models are available with standard nylon-base glides, or optional steel-base glides.

Chair, Metaphor series, 16" seat, 4-leg, nylon glides.

Fitting Guide: Be sure to buy the appropriate sized chair for your classroom. When in doubt, we recommend going up in size to the larger chair. See our helpful seating guide by clicking on this link.